US sees record spike with 2.25 lakh new Covid-19 cases

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December 5, 2020

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Washington, Dec 5: For the second day in a row, the United States on Friday notched a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, reaching 225,201 new infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

In that same period, the country recorded 2,506 Covid-related deaths, according to real-time data provided by the Baltimore-based university at 8:30 pm (0130 GMT Saturday).

The United States -- the country with the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world -- has seen a dramatic resurgence in its epidemic in recent weeks.

It had surpassed 200,000 new daily cases three times in the past month, peaking at more than 210,000 between Wednesday and Thursday.

US health officials warned of a surge after millions of Americans traveled to celebrate last week's Thanksgiving holiday despite pleas from authorities to stay home.

For two weeks, the US has regularly topped 2,000 deaths per day, as it had in the spring at the height of the first wave of the country's outbreak.

The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 is also steadily increasing, especially in the most populous states of California, Florida, New York and Texas, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

The United States has recorded more than 14.3 million Covid cases and 278,000 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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January 12,2021

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Washington, Jan 12: Four Americans have been killed as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the November election.

A young woman was shot and killed by the police inside the building while three others died because of medical emergencies. 14 police officers were injured – two of whom remain hospitalized. 52 Trump supports were also arrested.

In a late night news conference, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee declined to identify the woman a Capitol Police officer shot and killed, saying next of kin notification was still pending.

Contee also said 47 of the 52 arrests were related to violations of Mayor Muriel Bowser's 6 p.m. curfew, with 26 of those involving people arrested on US Capitol grounds.

The Capitol Police are now facing questions about why they did not do more to secure the Capitol and let many of the rioters later exit the building without arrests.

Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser's Bowser said police intend to ask the public for help in identifying rioters, many of whom posed for photos inside the Capitol.

"We will be on the lookout," she said. "Some of them, we think ... have to be held accountable for the carnage."

The FBI also asked the public to submit tips, such as images, videos and other information to help agents identify people were "actively instigating violence" in the pro-Trump rally.

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January 15,2021

New Delhi, Jan 15: As India gears up for a massive Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16, many have expressed concerns over the vaccination process and raised doubts over its impact and side-effects.

One question raised by many was whether a person could get the Covid-19 infection from the vaccine. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter to address the rumours.

"You cannot contract Covid-19 because you have been inoculated with a vaccine, but it is possible to have caught Covid-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination appointment," Vardhan said. 

You cannot contract #COVID19 because you have been inoculated with a #COVID19Vaccine

Temporary side effects such as mild fever should not be confused as having contracted #COVID.#StayInformedStaySafe @PMOIndia @MoHFW_INDIA pic.twitter.com/ZkZgLU8tpy

— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) January 14, 2021

Busting another myth on whether the Covid-19 vaccine causes infertility in men or women, the health minister stated that "there is no scientific evidence to suggest that".

"Infertility is not known to occur as a result of Covid-19 disease either," he added. 

The health minister also clarified that although there may be side effects to the vaccines, "they are expected to go away on their own after some time".

India's drugs regulator has approved Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.

The government has purchased 1.1 crore doses of Covishield vaccine from SII at the cost of ₹200 per dose, excluding taxes, while 55 lakh doses of Covaxin are being procured from Bharat Biotech India Limited.

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January 1,2021

New Delhi, Jan 1: The 10-member Subject Expert Committee of India's Central Drug Standard Control Organisation on Friday approved emergency use authorisation of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine 'Covishield'.

The expert panel had convened a meeting to take a call on the emergency use authorisation sought by the Serum Institute of India, the manufacturer of Covishield, and Bharat Biotech for its Covaxin.

Once the vaccines are cleared by the committee, the application will be sent to Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) V.G. Somani for final approval.

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